Bigger Busts Mean Drug War is Failing

A Canadian warship confiscated 500kg of heroin from a boat in the Indian Ocean today. This was one of the biggest interceptions they’ve ever made, and military officials claimed it as a victory in the war on drugs. They’re wrong.

This interception is another sure sign of how our police and military are being defeated in this impossible war we are making them fight.

Bigger Busts Are Signs Of Defeat

Police always like to trumpet it as a sign of success when they make the biggest bust ever. They pretend that intercepting bigger drug shipments, or busting bigger marijuana gardens, means they are winning their futile war.

In fact, these increasingly larger interceptions means that police are failing miserably. The expanding size of smuggler’s loads, and the growing size of marijuana gardens, just means that the underground market is bigger and better than ever before.

If the so-called war on drugs was succeeding, then the intercepted shipments of illegal drugs would be getting smaller in both size and number. Victory in the drug war would be the day when there were no more shipments to intercept.

When border agents are intercepting bigger shipments, it is a sign that shipments are getting bigger, and therefore that more product is getting through.

Busting bigger gardens just means that marijuana growers are producing more bud than ever before.

– Read the entire article in The Vancouver Sun.



  1. Anonymous UK on

    I heard the police only ever expect to seize about 10 % of all drugs coming into the country (give or take a percent or two). As the article says If they seize larger loads that is because more is coming in. A half tonne load of heroin is worth a great deal of money and there is plenty of profit margin to pay people off or ‘loose’ the occasional shipment to a police operation. It makes life easy for everyone if the police spend time investigating and are rewarded with a nice haul after months, if not years, of intensive work (and in the meantime another 10 loads go through).
    The police like it because they emphasise that they don’t catch most of the bad guys because they are under staffed – this is their argument for existing and getting more funding. The large scale suppliers like it because it keeps people in the supply chain on their toes and a police tip off is a good way to ‘pay’ your dues (keep the police busy) and eliminate enemies.
    The status quo suits quite a few of the key players in the drugs business on both sides but the argument does not withstand any amount of scrutiny.
    Even if the figure for police success is higher than 10 % unless it is greater than 50 % I would think the war could be called a failure. Anyway the higher profit margins means you can afford to loose more. As supply is constricted the price goes up and it makes people more willing to take the risk and elaborate ways of avoiding detection become financially viable. I believe the system will always balance out so long as there is a demand no matter how much effort is put into law enforcement.

  2. Anonymous on

    the best analogy ever. Man i wish articles like this made it mainstream, its a truth most people will never hear because news papers rarely print stuff like this.

    Anyone can see clearly, the drug war is a losing battle, there is more product, better quality, and smaller prices. Seems the Cartels are winning this battle.

    Even more evident after seeing this though,never thought about it like that until now, but there’s a truth to the theory. There’s obviously a lot more money flowing around where they can afford to ship such large shipments.

  3. Tony Aroma on

    If I hired an exterminator, and every time he came back he bragged about killing more and more pests as evidence of his success, I’d fire him.